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Below is a family biography included in The History of Brown County, Ohio published by W. H. Beers & Co. in 1883.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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N. S. DEVORE, crockery and queensware, Ripley. The name Devore (Devara) is of French origin. The ancestors of the family who emigrated to America settled in Pennsylvania. Nicholas Devore, the great-grandparent of our subject, was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, and served under Washington from the first. His wife’s maiden name was Sarah Decker, whose family also rank in Revolutionary fame; he moved to the Westin 1787, and was among the pilgrims who entered Kenton Station, near Maysville, Ky. Subsequently, he moved and settled at Blue Lick Fort among the Indians, where he died in 1813. David Devore, the grandparent of our subject, came to the territory of Brown County in 1800, and settled at Red Oak, where he passed his life. He was among the most intelligent and progressive, as well as active farmers of the day, and acquired a handsome estate through his own industry and perseverance; he lived to raise a family of ten children, six sons and four daughters, four of whom are living; his death is recorded in 1860. N. S. Devore, whose name appears at the head of this sketch, is the oldest living son of David and Esther (West) Devore, and was born in this county in 1846. David was born in Brown County in 1806, and is the oldest living son. A portion of his early life was spent on the farm, and until 1850, at which time the national bank system was inaugurated, and he became one of the original stock holders of the First National Bank of Ripley, in which he had always taken an active interest, until his health failed, and in declining years he transferred its duties to his son, N. S., who has since filled that position. Mr. Devore has been an invalid for several years, and most of the time confined to his home, surrounded by the comforts and care of his family. His wife’s father, William West, settled in Brown County in 1804, and erected the first house in Decatur, Byrd Township, where he resided until his death. Of the twelve children born to this generation, four are living. N. S. Devore established himself in the grocery business in this city in 1868, which he pursued until he opened his present business in crockery and queensware in 1879, it being the only china bazar in the city. He deals considerably in real estate and brokerage, and is considered one of the active and enterprising men of the city. He is a Director of the First National Bank, and is well and favorably known. He was married, April 18, 1877, to Miss Eva M., daughter of Rev. C. W. Garoutte, an official and publisher at Dayton, Ohio. Their children are Earl G., Fred F. and Alma.

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This family biography is one of 992 biographies included in The History of Brown County, Ohio published in 1883 by W. H. Beers & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Brown County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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